I find that the only part of “Saving Private Ryan” is the masterful hitting the beach on D-Day sequence. It’s tragically awesome. But I really don’t like the set-up of the rest of the movie. I don’t care about Private Ryan - I care a little about Tom Hanks and his crew. But not enough to make me like the rest of the movie.
Any of you find you only like certain parts of some films?
The Phantom Menace. When Lucas did the ROTJ type ending splitting the story into 3 plot lines you jumped between (Luke & Vader showdown, Han/Leia/Ewok battle, & Lando space battle) he tried the same thing with Phantom (Darth Maul - Jedi showdown, Anakin space battle, Naboo vs. droids surface battle).
Well, at least the Darth Maul part was pretty good.
Lawrence of Arabia – perhaps my favorite movie up through the capture of Aqaba. And then maybe stick around and watch the train derail…and that’s it. Don’t need to see Lawrence’s descent into self-loathing sado-masochism.
Fiddler on the Roof is front-loaded with good stuff, up through the wedding. The 2nd half is just depressing.
It’s quite common to hear people mention that they like the middle part of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The ape-men sequence is too mucky, and the hallucinatory flight through hyperspace (and the hotel room coda) are too weird.
I cringe at the Molombos flashback scenes in Airplane. (But they do provide a good chance for a bathroom break.)
All the flashback scenes are kind of dull (except for Ethel Merman, of course. And, I guess, the geezer with the knife-in-back dance. And the fighting girl scouts). I’m also not fond of the ‘fetching Rex Kramer from his house’ scenes.